'Ethics in the Face of Disaster'
Abstract: For fifty years voices have been warning of the disastrous material and psychological effects of neo-liberalism. An ethic of survival, the survival of the fittest, has seeped into the pores of everyday life and into peoples’ inner worlds. And now we have the imminent disaster of climate change, another spur to a survivalist mentality. What can we learn from history and from our understanding of the human psyche of the dynamics of survivalism and of the ways in which it can be countered and transcended?
Paul Hoggett is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Bristol where, with Simon Clarke, he was a Director of the Centre for Psycho-Social Studies. In 2012, with Adrian Tait, he founded the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) and was its first chair. He recently edited a collection of CPA research papers, Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster (2019, Palgrave Macmillan). Previous books have included Politics, Identity and Emotion (2009, Paradigm) and Partisans in an Uncertain World (1992, Free Association Books).
Paul Hoggett & Sally Weintrobe
December 11, 2021
Climate Reality: Psychological Challenges Facing up to the Fierce Urgency of Now
'Noah's Arkism: the saved and the drowned'
Abstract: Noah’s Arkism is an integral part of the climate bubble that blocks taking action on climate. It involves the phantasy that I/we will be saved the effects of climate because ‘worth it’ while others are sacrificed. Sally Weintrobe explores the Exceptionalism underpinning the mindset that is Arkism, emphasising it is based on omnipotent thinking. She looks at what sorts of frameworks of care are needed to hold Exceptionalism in check.
Sally Weintrobe is a Fellow, British Psychoanalytic Society, Member, Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA); Chair, International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Climate. and was (2020) one of the 31 Global Commissioners for the Cambridge Sustainability Report.Talks, blogs and writes on the climate crisis.
(2012). Edited and contributed to Engaging with Climate Change: Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge: London.
(2021). Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis: Neoliberal Exceptionalism and the Culture of Uncare.Bloomsbury: New York and London.
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